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She entered the Civil Service in 1967, first in Customs & Excise in the Custom House in Dublin and then in the office of the Revenue Commissioners in Dublin Castle. In 1970 her eldest brother Seán was appointed Consul to Boston USA by the Diplomatic Service. His daughter Monica was two years old and his wife Paula was pregnant. Paula was travelling to Boston by boat and Seán didn’t want her travelling alone, so Mairéad left the Civil Service to spend a year as ‘au pair’ with Seán and Paula in Boston. While there she attended Newton Junior College for the academic year studying Statistics and Economics. On her return to Ireland she got a job in the Bank of Ireland where she worked for six years in Head Office. During that time she met Colm Hackett in a rowing club in Islandbridge, Dublin and got married on 8th February 1975. Colm and Mairéad bought a site in Broadleas, Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare where they built their own house. Deirdre Hackett was born on 4th November 1978. Baptised in Hollywood, Co Wicklow, part of the parish of Ballymore Eustace, Deirdre started school in Hollywood NS in September 1983 followed by Secondary School in Cross & Passion Convent in Kilcullen. After that she went to UCD where she studied Psychology, followed by a Masters in Cognitive Science. Deirdre worked for the Education Research Centre in Drumcondra for almost 4 years and then went to the University of Limerick to study Speech and Language Therapy. After graduating from Limerick, Deirdre worked for St John of God’s in Celbridge, followed by a stint in Peamount Hospital. She then went to work for the HSE in Kildare, and then to Carlow/Kilkenny. Deirdre married Andis Poikans, a Latvian National, on 31st May 2013. Colm and Mairéad adopted Cian from the Eastern Health Board in 1984. Cian was born on 23rd March of that year and was seven months old when he joined the Hackett family. At age three, Cian showed signs of special needs and after trials in several schools he ended up securing a place in St John of God’s, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, where he has lived ever since, coming home regularly at weekends. Mairéad returned to work several times as the children got older and started work in Kildangan Stud, Monasterevin, Co Kildare in 1989 where she stayed for the remainder of her career. Sadly, Colm was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2011, survived 9 months and passed away on 31st March 2012. Mairéad, Deirdre and Andy and Cian all continue to live in the Kildare area.

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